Customs Announces Huge Seizures Of Contraband Goods

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Strike Force has seized a truck with contraband goods with value put at N9billion.

Speaking to newsmen, the National Coordinator of the Strike Force, Deputy Comptroller of Customs Abdullahi Kirawa said the team intercepted on the highway a 40ft truck loaded with 1,420 cartons of explosives (fireworks and crackers,  known as knockouts) falsely declared as machines, 195 sacks of 7,560kg Pangolin Scales with street value of N8.4 billion, 8,090 bags of rice worth N113.2 million, 40ft container laden with 1,200 cartons of sex enhancing drugs worth N360 million, 40ft container conveying 459 bales of secondhand clothing with Duty Paid Value (DPV), of N22.9 million, used tyres, vegetable oil and others total value is N9 billion respectively. 

The Zone ‘A’ Strike Force Team headed by Assistant Comptroller Mohammed explained that another successful operation, was made possible through high level intelligence gathering leading to the seizures of 600 bags of rice Concealed with empty crates of beer in a 40ft container truck, and in other to beat security check, 550 bags of rice Concealed in a truck meant to convey cement were among the seizures, this however led to the arrest of seven (7) persons in connection to the impounded items. . 

The National Coordinator expressed concern over the level in which company properties are being used to perpetrate illegalities in the country, adding that the  delivery truck belong to a company, and that every attempt to defraud and short change government on duty payments would be thwarted. 

Kirawa therefore, urged Nigerians to support government’s policy on local rice production to boost the agricultural sector by improving the Nigerian economic, maintaining that investigation are ongoing to unravel the Ports the consignments were cleared. 

He explained that the intercepted Explosives were on import prohibited list, and if anyone wishes to import must have End User Certificate, but these did not have End User Certificate of import.

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